April 16, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The provincial government has joined with school districts 6, 8 and 10, and J.D. Irving, Ltd., to deliver the 16th annual Job Fest to provide young people with better job-seeking skills. The event is being held today at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre.
"In order to achieve self-sufficiency, we must work to ensure that graduates from our high schools and post-secondary institutions are able to find valuable employment in the New Brunswick workforce," said Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "Events such as this provide opportunities, through presentations and career seminars, to develop employment and career-management skills."
More than 6,800 students have participated in Job Fest since it began in 1993, and in recent years the program has expanded to include presentations at high schools in districts 6, 8 and 10. Presentations cover subjects from resumé and cover-letter preparation, to interview techniques. A total of 400 Grade 11 students, from the nearly 2,500 who take part in presentations delivered by the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and J.D. Irving, Ltd., are chosen to attend Job Fest.
Participating students are also given mock job postings to apply for, where they will receive professional interviews for the positions, and receive important feedback.
"As promised in our education plan, When Kids Come First, we are working to create greater awareness of career options and choices," said Education Minister Kelly Lamrock. "By helping our young people be better prepared for job searches we are encouraging them to learn the right skills and make a valuable contribution to New Brunswick."
"J.D. Irving, Ltd. is proud to be a founding partner of Job Fest," said Colleen Baxter, vice-president of human resources for J.D. Irving, Ltd. "This region is home for our company, and we are committed to growing the potential and building the skill of local high school students. With just over 4,000 positions to fill over the next five years, this event allows us to start a conversation and provide students with more information as they begin to consider career options right here at home in Atlantic Canada."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sheri Strickland, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2568; Hillary Casey, Department of Education, 506-444-2455; Geoff Britt, J.D. Irving, Ltd., 506-648-2609.